Modalism + Partialism = Trinitarianism?

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Here's something regarding the 'nothingness of God from the writings of Eriugena:

We say God does not know who or what he is, because being the source of everything that is and that can be, in God they exist undivided, without difference or distinction or discrimination. This mode of Divine Ignorance transcends knowing, because knowing implies determination, definition, and so on. God is non-determined, non-defined. knows Himself as Himself; not in part, nor in constituents nor determinations ... this Divine ignorance, then, is the highest and truest wisdom that transcends all knowledge.

That is a good one, thanks!

Wisdom transcending knowledge... sounds a lot like the upper areas of the kabbalistic Tree of Life. Did Eriugena have contact with Jewish mystics, or was that just the intellectual climate at the time?
 

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Wisdom transcending knowledge... sounds a lot like the upper areas of the kabbalistic Tree of Life. Did Eriugena have contact with Jewish mystics, or was that just the intellectual climate at the time?
I can find no reference to influences from either Jewish mysticism or the Kabbala. His thinking is uniquely his own, there's a lot of Augustine's influence, over over-riding all that is the Platonic line through Dionysius the PseudoAreopagite, Gregory of Nyssa and Maximus the Confessor. Eriugena was he last great scholar of Neoplatonism in the west. His thinking influenced Nicholas of Cusa and Meister Eckhart – many of the pseudo-Zen elements that attract people to Eckhart are found in Eriugena.
 

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I can find no reference to influences from either Jewish mysticism or the Kabbala. His thinking is uniquely his own, there's a lot of Augustine's influence, over over-riding all that is the Platonic line through Dionysius the PseudoAreopagite, Gregory of Nyssa and Maximus the Confessor. Eriugena was he last great scholar of Neoplatonism in the west. His thinking influenced Nicholas of Cusa and Meister Eckhart – many of the pseudo-Zen elements that attract people to Eckhart are found in Eriugena.
Interesting. Maybe it is the (Neo)Platonist influence, which arguably also can be found in Kabbalah.
 
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